Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Go Away

Hi friends!  Today I'm over at Kate's awesome blog participating in her series about motherhood before having older kids in the house.  It's a great series for new and young moms that I wish I had access to back when I was a newbie!  Go see for yourself...

But, uh, Kate, I never wiped my nose on an Aden and Anais blanket when I was a new mom.  Only because I don't think they existed back in the old ages.  We used cloth diapers for spit-ups and nose-wiping back then.  You new moms are so fancy ;)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Today my Dad, John Benedict "Benny" Sweeney, is going to have a cardiac catherterization  to find out what's going on with his heart.  I'll know more after the procedure about what the next step is for him which range from a heart valve replacement to bypass surgery, so I'm asking you all to say a prayer for him if you feel so inclined.  He's at a hospital in Boston, so we know he's in great hands.  

And speaking of hands, he has the biggest I've ever seen.  His father was a farmer and he was a builder, and at least they got some big strong hands to do their jobs!  

Declan's like "Who is this giant holding me?"

My Dad was one of twelve kids, and came to America from Ireland at the age of 19, chasing my mother for her hand in marriage.  They just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary together:

True love means supporting one another even when their back gives out.

After Mass this past weekend, the visiting priest decided to offer confession because he had missed the scheduled pre-Mass time.  I was toying with the idea of going to confession and my Dad could see that I was stalling, and asked "What are you doing?"  "I'm thinking about going to confession" I said, and he replied "Don't think.  Just go."  He is a wise and holy man.

He is also very funny.  Like when he calls people by their physical features rather than their name..."I was talking to Long Face today and she said that Short Pants wasn't feeling well"...and the sad part is that we all know who he means!

My kids love love love visiting Grandpa and spending time in his workshop, and he's so patient with them as they learn how to build little trinkets.  He's also a great baby holder.  Unless they are hungry, or fussy, or poopy ;)  But he loves to give them the "dummy tit" or as we would say in America "the pacifier".  He's out of control.

Father's Day 2014

 We love you Dad/Grandpa!  Good luck and God Bless!

My Dad had multiple blockages that are moderate to severe.  He needs to have open heart surgery with aortic valve replacement and bypass grafting.  The surgery will be Thursday morning.  Prayers appreciated.  Thank you!

Friday, August 15, 2014

7 QT Friday: Vacay, Phone Cray, and Winding Down the Summer Days

Thank God It's FRIDAY!!!  Joining Jen and the gang for a weekly roundup.


We went on our annual summer trip to visit Phil's family in Maryland.  Lots of pictures to come (sorry not sorry).

Our trip took 8 hours each way.  We left at 4:15 am each time, and only stopped once. We travel hard.

Coffee time with two of Phil's sisters, Maggie ordered a hot chocolate with sprinkles and a Hershey kiss :)

We went out for dinner and some Keno-playing (Kenoing?) with friends, and our table won $100!  Free dinner!


Phil's sister, Diana got a horse, so we had to go visit.  The place was gorgeous!

Treats for Pip the Horse.

I love how happy everyone is in this photo for Alexander's first time feeding a horse.

Diana put them all to work, it was great.

That was a hard day's work.

If I liked horses and the smell of manure, this place would be Heaven.

Phil wanted to get a photo of me staying far away from the horses (it's not my cup of tea).

Can't believe Xander is starting preschool soon!


We swam every day except one!  Thankful for neighbors with pools!
Andrew mastered the full flip off the diving board.

Maggie began diving.

John-Paul prefers cannon balls.

Eamon became a great diver and Alexander started swimming on his own (with his "muscles") - finally!

Declan just watched from the sidelines, he's a land lover like his mama.

The worst part of vacation was that Phil jumped into the pool with his brand spanking new iPhone in his pocket.  He tried sticking it in rice for 2 days, but no luck, it was fried.  He is getting a replacement one through our insurance today.  He felt so bad, but hey, in the end, it's just a phone.  A really nice, expensive, splurge of a phone ;)


Frozen yogurt on vacation is mandatory, right?

Cousin Tommy was so happy to play with his cousins, and vice versa.

Cutie Lenora is 15 months and envied Xander's treat!

My Irish twins - not because of how far apart they are in age, but because they are Irish.


We went to the tire park with Gramps, who spoiled my kids with Happy meals after and then a trip to the peach orchard for some yummy peaches!

I had to include this photo because of the Dad in the background like "Enough already!"

My princess :)

All Six!
I guess when people ask us if we're "done" we will have to say yes, because they won't all fit in the car.  Wink.

Put your hands in the air!  (Even Declan did it!)

We had a great time seeing all the family, it seems like every summer we go down, there's a new baby from someone, and there's only 3 married couples in Phil's family!  A bunch of overachievers is what we are ;)

Sr. Denise meets Declan for the first time!

Bob & Larisa and their 7 kids, Phil & I with our 6 kids, Sr. Denise, Nana and Gramps, Erin, Diana, Kelly & TJ and their 2 kiddos, and Uncle John.  Phew!

Make a funny face!

Our family, with our niece, Maura, photobombing :)
And just like that, summer is almost over.  I go back to work full time next week, and Phil and the kids start school the week after.  Goodbye Summer 2014, you've been good to us!

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